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ukraine's president signs up for closer ties with the e.u. but it was his predecessor's failure to join the club which ignited the deadly february revolution and the ongoing armed conflict in ukraine's defined east. dissolve before it's a choice while ukraine's president an anti-government fighters in the east extend a cease fire for another three days but it's a truce that's already seen by civilians and the national guard fighters killed in the latest confrontation. and serious and battle rebels are now in line for five hundred million dollars military aid package from the uighurs bug there were fears the weapons could end up on the wrong side of the barricades. also and the latest
setback to blind girl is already victoria's new airport it's revealed a fake engineer was hired to design the flyer safety system causing the opening to be delayed yet again. a very warm welcome to you if you've just joined us here on r.t. international we're live from moscow are you with me. ukraine's president has a trade agreement with the e.u. the failure to sign the deal is what triggered the toppling of his predecessor while the terms of the agreement ultimately led to the ongoing bloody standoff in the country's east however petro poroshenko says he's carrying out the will of the nation. the people demanding european future very clear
every single region of ukraine support one candidate demonstrating we are a different form we are ready for europe we are ready for peace. well financially challenging europe still doesn't appear to be quite ready for ukraine these commissioner for enlargement has said here still needs to prove its european credentials the block's energy commission has won the bailout for greece is peanuts compared to the billions brussels would have to cough up to save kids' ailing economy the president of the european commission says the e.u. is not ready to integrate a country like ukraine at this stage that sentiment is also echoed by a foreign minister of europe's paul house in germany which comes as no surprise to financial expert patrick you ukraine which last year was in a catastrophic position how it signed a free trade association this year is going to associate with the european union
out the point when it's on the brink already of economic disaster this is a catastrophic move for the ukrainian economy the only winner is either this or a few sadly deluded egos whether they're in brussels whether they're in washington who believe some horror other they've achieved a great deal political victory for the people of ukraine there are no jobs to be hard here there's only going to be job losses there is no economic growth to be hard by suddenly having western european goods don't cost onto your marketplace this is a disaster it's a very very tragic day for the people of ukraine who want to improve their economic outlook. when you step towards peace in ukraine president poroshenko and the self-proclaimed eastern republics have extended their cease fire until monday just hours before it was set to expire now both sides have seemed similarly sent out to compromise as the president replies his commitment to talks on reconciliation on
the anti-government forces have invited european observers into the region overnight exchanges of fire near the city of slovyansk have left casualties on both sides of the conflict a woman and her twenty six year old son away killed in army shelling on the outskirts of slavyansk died after their house was hit by one of the rockets and that's not the only time where the shaky truce has been broken residents of the defined city of come at last claim their city was shelled continuously throughout the week or ongoing until refire in the village of simular of which was almost razed to the ground and the city of slavyansk also came under fire numerous times during the week of the long truce now the village of trayvon saw one of the worst spikes of violence with one woman reportedly killed three. casualties are also mounting in the pro-government come more than twenty national
guard hunters have reportedly been killed near the city of slovyansk in the overnight battle roman kozyrev has more battle took place last night and according to reports at least twenty soldiers or twenty fighters of ukraine's national guard were hurt were killed as a result of that the national guard has developed its mercenary called bad division formed specifically to aid the ukrainian army and its military operation against a defiant east of the country now the we also learned that the anti government forces have destroyed two armored personnel carriers belonging to the national guard. the timeline of ukraine's ongoing prices and more expert analysis is available for you online dot com. the syrian rebels are losing the war against president assad's forces but their luck could soon turn
thanks to washington president obama wants congress to dish out half a billion dollars to train and equip syria's moderate opposition but there are fears the move will flood the region with weapons that could fall into the wrong hands as marion important explains. the obama administration is requesting for lawmakers to approve five hundred million dollars in spending for the purpose of arming the syrian opposition the white house claims that only appropriate vetted elements of the moderate opposition would receive direct training from the u.s. military and be equipped with american weapons and ammunition u.s. officials insist that the weapons would serve to help empower the syrian people and help them push back against the government as well as the militant extremist group isis which actually has been fighting to topple bashar al assad since the civil war began more than three years ago however as recent events have shown american weapons may very well end up in its enemies hands just two weeks ago isis an all
out assault on iraq's second largest city mosul causing a reported thirty thousand iraqi soldiers who were trained by the u.s. military to turn around and run as a result sunni extremists have seized stockpiles of american weapons and ammunition as well as u.s. humvees the bloodshed being unleashed in iraq by isis has arguably been strengthened by the fact that militants are fighting with u.s. weapons in afghanistan the taliban is now armed with u.s. made stinger missiles which according to reports were originally sent to libya when the obama administration was arming the opposition rising up against former leader moammar gadhafi for more than a decade the u.s. has been drowning the arab world in weapons arming locals to help them overthrow governments not only how is it created absolute chaos and bloodshed it is arguably terrorist organizations because the weapons at least some of them are ending up in the hands of the enemy as for syria the devastating civil war killed some one
hundred fifty thousand people and the international community does agree that something should be done question is is sending weapons to one side of the conflict which includes terrorists the best solution reporting from washington d.c. marina. r.t. . the bipartisan tug of war in washington has seen the white house it change its mind several times over intervention in syria drugs none that lethal aid to the rebels was given the green light more than a year ok but in december surprise was suspended after a lion's share of the u.s. equipment was seized by jihadists however earlier this month washington admitted it's been cover actually sending lethal aid to the opposition intelligence analysts lawrence freeman says there's no way to stop extremism from getting their hands on the guns to your bomb of power see from the beginning has been for regime change as we saw in libya as we saw in ukraine and we've seen in other parts of the world
and so now the administration is going to be providing if approved by the congress higher quality weapons to the rebels but the rebels are intermeshed with the they can interchange an interconnected with all the jihadists in the jihad is control large part of territory they control larger points so there is no way that these weapons are not going to find themselves into the jihadist hands and the whole purpose is for the overthrow of the government here and this is powerfully that could lead to a global war. meanwhile the un is pleading for action over what's been called the inhumane suffering of the syrian people the world the body's age she says almost eleven million syrians need humanitarian help that's half of the country's population but some are now at least and being able to return to their homes as more if a national reports. this road in central syria used to be beset by snipers
and anyone driving here could be kidnapped that's when the smallest western area known as was controlled by armed drug that's a lawyer brother next to the syrian lebanese border is just eighty kilometers from the capital damascus but it is like a state within a state that has its own security forces police and even the army you can see is symbols of new authorities here everywhere graffiti or three stars that means free syrian army is controlling this area big syrian military cannot enter six months later return to the main square because. you feel the syrian army spectrum after months of fierce battles and numerous offensives officers say i can take off my flak jacket my dear for it's a very. it's friday today and the officers told us that all the shops are closed
all the restaurants a closed eye roll out see lots of people in the streets but there is another reason actually many residents fled this town and the entire area of cologne in an attempt to escape from atrocities. at the city's mosque the heart of this predominantly muslim town friday prayers have just finished. most of these people when they return to their town recently when the hot outside. my home was hit and destroyed thank god the army is now back on the good mood is also home to a big christian community. different face he used to live in harmony here for years until islamic rule was imposed by the rebels many being religious zealots some linked to a kind of free syrian most it was officially they were religious groups jihadi islamists but in fact it was normally as you know and anything else their religion was money and oh look for this young man shows us what used to be
a jewelry shop which i slaughtered and then set on fire. with luck made old boy they were on motorbikes they called themselves the free syrian army they used to also take food coming to town from damascus often they were also kidnapping painful locals hope the dog days a gun just a week after he left to town colleges attack the army positions in the region again several other areas across the main house by rebels a jihadist it seems that despite the army's recent success it's still too early to say when this devastating war will be over. rich notional r.t. from syria. so say come for you this hour the world turns a blind eye to the albums of african refugees how captive in egypt's sinai peninsula. must also be on the
shot that will kill your children the mission to. report shortly on one is where the activists is trying to drum up support for her campaign by putting the towel of human trafficking and torture on the screen that's off to a subway. i'm abby martin the stories we cover here are not going here in iraq separate story it's true that while some talk there's a reason they don't want you to know more than the phrase that we. now let's break the set. i cannot think right.
now right. now but if the. desire to international mandating a royal family doesn't even come to cheap with palaces elaborate world tours and high level security arrangement it's not surprising the price tags high but did common oza really know what they pay for our teas maria marina calls her about
takes a look at whether britons are getting good value for their money. over eighty percent of britons believe the royal family brings in the significant amounts of revenue for the country each year some five hundred million pounds according to the case national tourism agency well those have been campaigning for the abolition of the monarchy believe that figure is incorrect and they're ready to show british taxpayers just how much of their money really goes towards funding the royals their public group claims the estimated annual cost of the monarchy is almost three hundred million pounds which is around nine times the official figure published by the voile household why this disparity apparently the official figure excludes a number of costs including security royal visits and lost revenue from the dutch cheese of lancaster and cornwall if there were public figures are to be believed it would mean the british head of state is one of the most expensive government
institutions in the world the important point is that they want to close a lot more than many people think. but even if those figures were made public there's every chance that the majority of the british public would agree that the budget he was still with was in fact a poll last year found that forty five percent of the british public shelters strong support for the monarchy up from twenty seven percent in two thousand and six a survey released this month showed that prince william has grandmother and his father are all more popular than the country's top rates of politicians remember the crowds for will's wedding but look people are now saying that having the option to choose who benefits from taxpayers' money is also important so there's also a principle of democracy about whether it's right that the head of state should be . ready to treat position rather chosen by the people and it's also a question of the message it sends to the young people growing up in this country i would rather that the young people growing up in this country were told that no
matter who you are no matter where you're born matter who your parents are you can rise to the highest office in the land and that would be the case is going to have a really true money even though. the spirits love their queen there's a growing number of those who would like to see their money go towards improving the country rather than the country's palaces marina cost of a reporter from london forty. over eighteen million pounds goes on keeping the royals fadden dress to impress that's equal to two thousand pensions more than thirteen million pounds of spend on the upkeep of royal residences that could provide four hundred forty students with scholarships and the money spent on the families or travel could feed more than three million homeless people republican graeme smith believes the royals are and insult to people suffering from a stereotype whether the spending by the world family is going up even by their own official figures it's going up you know they spend four million pounds. renovating
a house for prince william. no the public does not owe these people a living it doesn't owe them house and they need to start cutting by tens of millions not increasing their income and their wealth whilst we are cutting public services and public jobs government simply hands over. millions of pounds to the woes of the world's then get to choose how they spend it. and then report on how they've spent it themselves countering it and a lot of spin. and misinformation of course if you look to other countries in europe they have similar heads of state function the price so the republic of ireland for example they get to use their head of state does a similar ceremonial job and they cost less than ten million pounds every year so clearly you know having had to stay for three hundred million pounds it's a bit of a nonsense. for thousands of israel bombed refugees from africa the search for a better life ends up in torture camps they fall into the hands of ruthless
smuggling gangs and then simply vanish in egypt's sinai desert more than three thousand migrants per month that come from the east african state of. me of them are kidnapped for ransom and tortured until their families pay and if they don't want him and traffic has reportedly execute the hostages more than four thousand people are asked emitted to have been killed since two thousand and eight and around a thousand fought to be in captivity right now last month the president of iran demanded an investigation by the international community has remained largely silent with israel in particular ignoring the problem on its own doorstep its prime minister once even described the refugees as infiltrators marian as to farmers a swedish activist who tried to raise awareness of the victims of torture by putting they applied on the big screen.
they were melting plastic bags and dropping it in their backs this is the burns. shop. nasta foreigners talk to an isa now in how to program in the now she believes there's a big difference in the way the captives are treated i have seen kids children that are two years old being tortured there were some kids that have to watch their mother being burned alive and they survived so this is the kind of people that i talk to the torture is it's not any other tortured like we see horror movie or something it's where people are tortured twenty four hours
a day deprived just sleep deprived and food deprived how is there not more international weirdness about what's happening in fine might be amount of gaffes the type of torture and the millions of dollars that have been made by these hostage takers well it's also have to do with race you know we we have seen americans getting kidnapped in the sinai. it took only twenty four hours to release them last year a norwegian woman was kidnapped in the same area and it took about a week for her to be released. we've seen last year also an israeli man being kidnapped and also it took a few days for him to be released so this happens all quite often to westerners as well but they're out with days and they don't get to experience the torture as a free country so it has to do with race. glance at some other news from around the world some fifteen thousand people have been tested over what they say was a mass fraud during afghanistan's presidential election crowds gathered outside the
presidential palace in kabul voicing support one of their kind of this dilemma dilla dropped out of the race after a very dragging allegations during this month's runoff final results are due in july and made a taliban insurgency that still raging the pulling out of nato forces. a gas pipeline blast in southern india has killed at least fourteen people and left two dozen injured or the flames are is high up into the sky and golf in buildings and forcing people to flee to safety the pipeline belongs to india's largest state owned gas company tories have ordered a probe into what caused the explosion. long to use a stretch outside the capital of the rocks all ridge kurdish region that's because of the ongoing security crisis in the country has led to severe fuel shortages in several cities the largest oil refinery was shut down last week amid severe clashes with isis militants who've already taking control of huge areas across iraq the
army is now in control of the site but pressure on supplies is growing. we're going through auction of one of the largest airports in germany is turning into a fiasco corruption claims poor planning and a budget that's gone through the roof have meant berlin's new terminal is now four years behind schedule arches paid all of our reports on the latest scandal to ground the facility. at this time of year an airport should be bustling with holiday makers jetting off for their summer vacations not here though at berlin brandenburg the airport's two years behind schedule and the only people the construction work is still working on the project with costs spiraling out of control it's really become a comedy of errors the latest scandal involves the fire safety system moreover the man that designed it it's a merge that he didn't have any qualifications to be in
a position to do so what he did have though was a business card that said that he was an engineer turns out that wasn't worth the paper that it was written on but how does a man with no qualifications find himself in a very important position on a multibillion euro project to find out more on this i'm joined by steve from the party of reason safe if i had a business card that said i was an astronaut would that mean i got to go into space quite likely for it was the space agency was run by the same people that are running this airport wouldn't surprise me at all what's going on here what's happening with this project right now cost overruns without end technical disasters and political decisions being made and in my opinion it's probably due to the fact that government agencies bureaucrats are trying to make a huge project which should have been better left off to a private consortium to build as it was initially intended to be i mean we don't even know when this airports could open next year no sixteen seventeen maybe
eighteen maybe never who knows thank you very much there we go we don't know when it's going to open some estimates of put a final cost of around ten billion euro on finally getting this airport it berlin brandenburg open it certainly hasn't gone smoothly here. a lot of trust in the world bank and the international monetary fund has led china to a very own global financial institution now beijing is starting with one hundred billion dollars in capital in aims to overtake a similar project in the region which is highly influenced by japan twenty two countries have shown interest in the new lender including some rich states in the middle east china has vowed to go ahead with the ambitious project even if no one else joins up one of the for his toss will be setting up a new version of the ancient silk road connecting the country to europe china expert professor. is right to find to fund its own projects i think that this is just
a further extension of what china's been doing china has come from pretty much a backwater country thirty years ago to now this world's second largest economy and china is basically showing the world that if there is a will there is a way china has been somewhat frustrated with the world bank and the asian development bank in terms of. the funds coming out of these and of these to support infrastructure projects so china i think basically decided that if they want anything done here they're just to fund it themselves and bring along a bunch of partners so i think that's the prime motivation it's largely to expand their trade and economic influence. off of the break abby monson expose how the us is a deployed station call it seems creating thousands of often breaking the sands i'll be back in half an hour.
the federal migration service of russia has recently received more than five thousand requests for political asylum from ukrainian citizens these requests come from refugees who are fleeing the conflict in the eastern part of ukraine in fact i personally know people who are from the ukraine who are now essentially trapped in russia because their native regions are at war with the kiev government there is a classic mainstream media talking point about russian aggression and russian imperialism which gets repeated constantly in fact so often that is not even question but if you stop to think about it if you were trapped in a region at war and you were going to escape odd thought where would you go into the heart of the aggressors in imperialists no you go in the direct opposite direction interestingly enough in both this conflict and the two thousand and eight war in georgia the overwhelming majority of refugees flee towards russia excluding
some sort of bizarre stockholm syndrome it seems that for people in break we republics in ukraine and georgia russia is a safe haven they often say that people vote with their feet and in the case of the most recent wars in european history it is clear whose feet are voting for whom and no mainstream media talking points can deny that but that's just my opinion. told you my language is what i will only react to situations i have read the reports for. the new i will leave that to the state department to comment on your letter play it safe. secure yes a car is on the docket no. thank you no more weasel. what you say and a direct question the proof for a change when you are you should be ready for a. critique of
a speech let him have the freedom to watch. technology innovation all the developments around russia we. covered. what's going on folks i'm abby martin and this is breaking the set for weeks now the story of thousands of immigrant refugee children on the us mexico border awaiting processing has become in the forefront of the media it's estimated that since october of last year over forty seven thousand migrant children have been picked up walk crossing into the u.s. by border officers and held in conditions tantamount to those that are left behind but as congress continues to stall on immigration reform the government is faced with a more immediate question of how to deal.